First anniversary of the bmi flights to the USA is coming shortly. They've issued a press release (http://www.flybmi.com/presscentre/currentpr.asp?Job=View&ArticleID=278&Page=./currentpr.asp
), of which an extract appears below:
Despite the extremely challenging conditions that coincided with the launch of services to Washington and Chicago from Manchester, bmi remains committed to its transatlantic services. This commitment is further enhanced by a number of achievements so far, these include:
passenger numbers topping 180,000 on the two routes
the establishment of a 51% market share on the Chicago route, marking the end of the American Airlines monopoly on the route
fares from London Heathrow to Washington being driven down due to bmi’s entry onto the route from Manchester with business fares upto 75% cheaper than the same fare offered from Heathrow by its rivals
recent load factors of 70% on transatlantic flights
All I wish for is a speeding-up of the opening up of LHR, so bmi can start services there with a view to getting more routes from here in the medium-term rather the extremely long-term!